Britain’s queen irritated by leaders who are just talk on climate change

October 15, 2021 - 6:00 PM
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by the Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, attends the opening ceremony of the sixth session of the Senedd in Cardiff, Britain October 14, 2021. (Jacob King/Pool via Reuters)

LONDON — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has been overheard saying that she was irritated by world leaders who talk about climate change but then do very little or nothing to address the crisis.

The queen, who is due to attend the 26th United Nations climate change conference, COP26, in Glasgow, said she still did not know who was coming.

“Extraordinary isn’t it. I’ve been hearing all about Cop,” the 95-year-old monarch told Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, the wife of her son, Charles, Prince of Wales and the presiding officer of the Welsh assembly. “Still don’t know who is coming…”

“We only know about people who are not coming… It’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do,” Elizabeth said in a conversation picked up by a microphone. —Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by John Stonestreet